sprawl

sprawl
[[t]sprɔ͟ːl[/t]]
sprawls, sprawling, sprawled
1) VERB If you sprawl somewhere, you sit or lie down with your legs and arms spread out in a careless way.
See also sprawled

[V prep/adv] She sprawled on the bed as he had left her, not even moving to cover herself up...

[V prep/adv] They sprawled in lawn chairs, snoozing...

[V prep] He locked his knee against the man's inner thigh and sent him sprawling to the ground.

Sprawl out means the same as sprawl.

V P prep He would take two aspirin and sprawl out on his bed.

2) VERB If you say that a place sprawls, you mean that it covers a large area of land.

[V prep] The State Recreation Area sprawls over 900 acres on the southern tip of Key Biscayne...

[V prep] If we continue to sprawl across the land, we're in for a terrible future...

[V-ing] The sprawling city contained some 4m people.

3) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp You can use sprawl to refer to an area where a city has grown outwards in an uncontrolled way.

The whole urban sprawl of Ankara contains over 2.6m people.

4) VERB If something sprawls, its structure is disorganized or it lacks direction.

[V adv] Boylan plays with language, letting the prose sprawl about before tightening it suddenly to great effect...

[V-ing] He keeps forgetting the words and the song is a sprawling mess.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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